National Poetry Day 2021

Today is National Poetry Day! This day is an annual celebration that encourages everyone to enjoy, discover and share poetry. Although it does look a bit better over the horizon, we still need to help provide us with that peacefulness and calmness we often seek after such a huge storm( the storm being the pandemic).

Like last year, I have again come across amazing poetry collections and verse novels that have impacted me. So for today, let us enjoy, discover and share the newly released poetry collections of 2021 that will make you a lover of the genre and appreciate it even more:

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2021 Booker Prize Shortlist Announced as Ishiguro is Out

The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The list was chosen of 158 titles published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

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If You Like Sally Rooney, Then Try These Readalikes!

Don’t know what to read after finishing the most buzzworthy book of the Fall season, Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney? Don’t worry, Sally Rooney fans! Here are some perfect readalikes that will quench your appetite for compelling and thought-provoking literary fiction!

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20 Years Later: Books to Commemorate September 11

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I have hard time believing that it happened two decades ago, when on bright sunny morning, a city and a world were changed forever. Today brings sadness and pain but like a phoenix, the world rised out of the ashes and continue to rebuild through strength, hope and unity. And although we still are dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, what we have felt and learned from that day will remain.

There are so many stories out there that reflect the events and the aftermath of 9/11. To keep the memory of that day alive, it is important to read the powerful historical accounts and inspirational stories of that horrid day. For the 20 years, here are 20 book recommendations that help commemorate September 11 and make us remember to never forget:

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Winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction

The winner of the 2021 Women’s Fiction Prize was announced this evening in the UK. The recipient of the award receives a “Bessie”, limited bronze figurine, and a £30,000 cash prize.

And the winner is…

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2021 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The list was chosen of 158 titles published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

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Book Review: Death at the Gates by Katie Gayle

Format: Paperback

Pages: 248 pages

Published: July 28, 2021

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Cozy Mystery

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: July 31

Welcome to What I’ve Been Reading Lately, a feature where I’ll be giving short reviews of what I’m currently reading:

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Books to Help Celebrate Disability Pride All Year Long

Most people don’t know, but the month of July marks the celebration of Disability Pride Month. Most organizations picked this month for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, a law that promises that people with disabilities not be discriminated against in any setting.

Although it is not nationally recognized, it is essential to celebrate and embrace the fact that people with disabilities can do anything. They are not defined by their disability but have embraced it, and hearing those types of stories encourages readers of all abilities. The way to promote disability justice and prevent ableism is to exemplify these voices, and the perfect way to do that is through reading!

Although July is ending, this is something we should be doing every day. So here are some great reading recommendations that will help you display your disability pride all year long:

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